Police were called to help manage the large crowd at the Wireless Festival in the sweltering heat ahead of Nicki Minaj’s performance.
Dozens of police were deployed near London’s Finsbury Park around 3pm on Sunday after people tried to break through queues.
As temperatures rose to nearly 30C (86F), large groups were seen gathering outside to watch Minaj and Lil Baby’s title sets.
A video on social media appeared to show people jumping through the gates to enter the music event.
One said on Twitter: “I’m really starting to worry for Nicki and everyone’s safety… a lot of people keep piling up and it’s very hot out there.”
Another wrote: “Only the smallest opening at the single entrance leads to Finsbury Park, no pedestrian traffic. People were trampled and forced to climb high gates. “
The Wireless Festival has warned people about fake tickets and scammers, as it released a statement on social media that the event was sold out.
A statement from the Metropolitan Police read: “A small number of people attempted to pass the Wireless Festival entrance while others were queuing.
“Therefore, security officers detained those admitted to the event to ensure a safe flow of people into the venue. This caused a large crowd to form in the area around the venue.
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“Staff were assisting security staff with crowd management to keep everyone safe.
“We continue to work closely with event organizers and other partners to prevent further disruption, and we thank attendees for their patience, especially in the weather. hot.”
Haringey Council said two nearby roads were closed to “allow for safe crowd management”.
Wireless Festival has been approached for comment.
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